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Trial by Media

Trial by Media

TV-MA

netflix

A provocative docuseries presenting a spectrum of perspectives

7.5

TV Show

United States of America
English
Crime, Documentary
2020
60 min

TLDR

“This isn’t wrestling, it’s a talk show.” I hate to break it to you, lady…

What it's about

This docuseries revisits high-profile cases that were heavily influenced and exploited by the media.

The take

It’s a great concept because the influence of the media does create a lot of complications and sensationalism with regard to trials. It’s hard to say whether people and court cases are exploited by the media, or if it’s the reverse. Of course, the law is the law, but stupid TV is stupid. The series does a great job presenting a spectrum of truth, as the power of influence — of mass branding and storytelling — has to count for something. This is a parade of high profile cases where the court of public opinion has set people free, for better or for worse, in stories where the good guys and bad guys oscillate and merge.

What stands out

“When the answers aren’t clear, you keep asking the question over and over.”

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